The Little Epicurean

Oct 23 2014

Apple Cider Sangria

Apple Cider Sangria

For the longest time, my mom and I have talked about driving along the East Coast to experience New England’s fall foliage.  We both long to see the changing palettes of nature.  I want to see all those leaves turn from lively green to beautiful gold.  I want to see the reds, yellows, and deep colors of fall.  One day.  One day I’m going to surprise my mom and we’re going to take that gorgeous drive and end up in Maine where we’re going to eat our weight in lobster.  Until then, this apple cider sangria will have to do.

Apple Cider Sangria

Can you see fall’s warm colors in this sangria?  I sure can.

Sangria translates well into any season.  With apples in full bloom, why not take advantage?  With all the different varieties of apples available, it’s fun to mix and match and find your favorites.  I used a combination of Granny Smith, Braeburn, and Honeycrisp.

Oct 22 2014

Brown Butter Apple Cider Donuts with Cider Glaze

Brown Butter Apple Cider Donuts

I’ve hidden my running shoes long enough.  It’s time I lace them back up and start training for my next half marathon.  Not only does that mean waking up at the crack of dawn to log my miles, but sadly, it means cutting back on my beloved donuts. If I can’t have fried donuts, you

Oct 20 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake with Caramel Popcorn

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with caramel popcorn | the little epicurean

What do you do when you’ve made too much caramel popcorn?  You put it on top of a cake! Cakes are soft and mushy and deserve a little crunch. Not that I ever need a reason to make cake, but on this particular instance, I was really craving chocolate.  Since embarking on my apple recipe

Oct 16 2014

Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Sometimes the week goes by terribly, unbelievably slow and Friday can’t come soon enough.  And then there are other days that zoom by without any warning and next thing you know, wham, bam!  I’m getting emails about Thanksgiving.  What the heck?  I haven’t planned out what I’m doing for Halloween… For days when everything is happening

Oct 15 2014

Caramel Nut Popcorn Crunch


I made a huge batch of this caramel nut popcorn crunch in preparation for all the baseball games I’d be watching in October.  I had enough popcorn to last me until the Dodgers made it to the World Series.  Unfortunately I was too optimistic.  The Dodgers lost last week to the Cardinals.  (Sigh.) It’s just

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